Crimes of the Heart Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the girls argue about the lawyer, the mood becomes:

2. Meg explains their mother's suicide by telling Babe:

3. Chick tells Lennie that Lenny's gift to her daughter fell apart because:

4. Rather than admit she is gaining weight, Chick claims the pantyhose do not fit because:

5. Granddaddy's attitude about Meg's singing career shows:

Short Essay Questions

1. In their discussion of the rules for "hearts," the girls remember that hearts are bad, which suggests what?

2. What possibilities does Barnette Lloyd present as Babe's attorney.

3. What is Meg's explanation for Zackery's threats?

4. What do the candy, cokes, and lemonade symbolize for the girls?

5. Why does Babe seem surprise to hear the real story of Doc's injury and the town's opinion of Meg?

6. What is ironic about Lenny's birthday wish?

7. How do Meg and Lenny appear to feel about their father?

8. Describe Meg's life in Hollywood.

9. What does Doc appear to want from his meeting with Meg?

10. The candy Chick brings, which is outdated and unwanted, might represent what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider Henley's motif of sweetness in the play. What message does the author emphasize through the "sweetness" of character actions, dialog, or foods? Use at least three specific examples to support your point.

Essay Topic 2

Lee Smith "The biggest myth about Southern women is that we are frail types--fainting on our sofas...nobody where I grew up every acted like that. We were about as fragile as coal trucks." Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify this statement using the text as support for your argument.

Essay Topic 3

One definition of a crime is "any offense, serious wrongdoing, or sin." Consider any "crime" committed in the play, literal or metaphorical, and determine how the preceding definition suits it. Is the definition complete in regards to this particular crime? Are there any words that don't fit? Defend, refute, or qualify the definition above in regards to any crime in the play.

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